A kitchen countertop can set the look and feel of your kitchen design. It is important to choose a quality kitchen countertop that fits your lifestyle and kitchen design. Before you make a decision on your countertop,
- Do your research on the various materials available.
- Decide on your budget.
- Understand maintenance issues.
- Find out about warranties.
Choosing the best kitchen countertop really depends on whether you're willing to compromise on costs and maintenance. If you are making the selection for a long-term investment, don’t skimp on quality just to save a few dollars. It will be a costly mistake in the long run. After you make your selection on the countertop material, decide on your countertop edge. Speak to your Kitchen designer about the types of edges that your fabricator specializes in before you fall in love with a specific edge. Some custom edges can increase the fabrication costs significantly.
Granite countertops have a great reputation for upscale quality and elegance and can help raise the resale value of your home. Since Granite is a natural stone, it comes at a premium price. This beautiful expensive stone can be ruined if not properly sealed, when fabricated. The sealing helps prevent stains. Granite countertops are extremely hard and durable and highly stain, scratch and heat resistant.
Quartz countertops are also made from stone, also known as engineered stone. Quartz countertops have many of the same advantages of natural stone, but are easier to maintain and can cost less than granite. Made of crushed quartz mixed with resins and polymers, quartz can mimic the look of stone. Manufacturers of Quartz include Cambria, Silestone®, Caesarstone, Samsung, Dupont, and LG.
Quartz is a natural choice that provides a unique feel and offers a non-porous and scratch resistant surface that’s ideal for use in the kitchen. Made from engineered stone, quartz countertops require no sealing or polishing. Quartz countertops come in over 50 dazzling, gem-like colors in distinct finishes. Some quartz countertops have built-in anti-microbial protection, which makes the surface impervious to bacteria, mold and mildew.
Like granite, quartz is extremely durable but it will break and can be damaged with prolonged exposure to high heat from hot items. Strong chemicals should not be used to clean quartz countertops.